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Tips and Tricks for Organizing the Garage

Organizing the garage can be a mystifying project to start. However, don’t be too afraid to jump in and begin work on organizing your garage. It could breathe new life into your old space!

Below are some tips and tricks for executing a successful garage reorganization.

Pick a Date - and stick to it!
Once you have committed to reorganizing your garage, decide when you’re going to do it, and don’t make any excuses. Put the date on the calendar and don’t make any other plans for that day. Don’t let a picnic or a last-minute invitation to a baseball game stymie your plan. Once the date is set, honor it.

A Clean Room is a Happy Room
When the big day arrives, your first order of business should be dragging everything that’s in the garage out of the garage. Evaluate every single item and put each item into one of two piles: to keep or not to keep. As soon as you have gone through everything, take the “not to keep” pile to a local donation center immediately. Keeping it around will only hinder your efforts.

Organize The “To Keep” Pile
WIth the stuff you are going to keep, break it up into smaller piles that make sense for long-term organizational success. Keep garden tools together, power tools together, holiday decorations together, and sports equipment together. With those piles created, decide which things you need ready access to and which you can place somewhere a little further out of reach. Knowing how often you need things will help you form your organization plan.

Form Your Organization Plan
How are you going to keep everything organized long term? Studies have shown that when objects have a particular place that they belong, individuals are more likely to stick with an organization plan. This is where investing in some organization tools may be a great idea. Wall shelves, overhead storage, bins, and tool carts are all great additions to the garage that help keep the space organized and sensible.

Update The Room
You may want to consider sealing or painting the floor of the garage as well as painting the ceilings while you’re in the midst of this garage overhaul. Protecting your garage’s floor is a great idea, since the garage experiences more wear and tear than any other room in the home, particularly since noxious substances such as gas, oil, and other chemicals are often present in the garage.

Remember to Stay Safe
Because the garage does often house noxious chemicals that can be harmful to children and pets, you should always have a solid plan for where such substances are kept. They should be kept somewhere high out of the reach of hands that shouldn’t get to them. You may also consider locking them away.

It’s also important to keep the garage safe for foot traffic, which means that no loose items should be stored in the middle of the room.

Lastly, if you haven’t already, it is always a good idea to purchase a fire extinguisher for the garage - just in case.



 
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